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The First United Methodist 27th annual bazaar will be held on Friday, July 25, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Saturday, July 26, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the fair building at the Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center on 441S.

Proceeds from the bazaar go to support mission work. Some of the programs that have benefited from the annual fundraiser are CareNet, Mountain Intermediate School, Smoky Mountain Pregnancy Care Center and the Rathbun Center in Asheville among others. The fundraiser also supports youth mission trips.

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In recent months, the treatment of veterans around the country has made headlines, and not necessarily for the right reasons. Excessive wait times, and lack of access to medical care have taken the forefront when it comes to veterans services. Franklin has the only VA clinic west of Asheville and serves veterans that would typically have to travel more than an hour to receive care.

Despite national attention to veteran care lacking in the country, Macon County is working overtime to ensure that local veterans are offered and receive the highest standard of care possible.

 

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Water and sewer lines operating below capacity.

The Macon County Planning Board was recently tasked with looking at some requests made by the Town of Franklin and the Town of Highlands in regards to some infrastructure issues. At the urging of the county commissioners, the board members took on the issues at last Thursday's meeting.

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In the Republican runoff election for the Jackson County Sheriff primary election, candidate Curtis Lambert defeated Jimmy Hodgins. The North Carolina Board of Elections website reported that out of 15,243 eligible ballots in Jackson County, 239 or 1.57 percent were cast.

Lambert, who, at 424 votes received the most votes during the May primary election, once again beat out Hodgins in the runoff with 129 votes. Although Lambert received the majority of the votes in May, he did not procure the 40 percent of votes needed to secure his place on the November ballot. Hodgins, who garnered 376 votes in May, requested the run-off election that wrapped up Tuesday night.

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Visitors to downtown Franklin can take in authentic artifacts of the area inside the Macon County Historical Museum for hours if they so choose, but now they can also see what is believed to be an artifact handmade by the Cherokee indians right outside on the sidewalk.

The 3,500 pound trough arrived outside the historical museum at 5:30 a.m. by way of crane just last week.

“It was loaded on a flat bed truck with a crane and then unloaded right here by crane again,” said Robert Shook, Curator and director of the museum. “That's quite a stone that it's made from. I don't know how the Cherokee moved it.”

 

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Pricey Charlotte billboards deemed not cost effective.

At Monday's Town of Franklin Tourism Development Authority meeting, board members were given presentations by D'Anne Maddox of Premiere Marketing and Nelson Bumgarner from Allison Outdoor Advertising.

In the 2013-2014 fiscal year, the TDA began to move towards the use of a marketing strategy that would aim to bring in visitors from outside of Franklin as opposed to only focusing on local advertising.

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Otto native and Franklin High School graduate Barbara Seagle Pederson returned to Franklin Monday bringing along some special gifts for some local areas of interest – places that impacted her life and that have helped shape her into the successful woman she has become. She presented three American flags that were flown over the United States capitol.

Pederson has worked in Washington D.C. under the Honorable W. Byron Sorrell and the late Honorable James A. Belson, both of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. She was also the professional aide to the Honorable Warren E. Burger, Chief Justice of the U.S. and the Honorable William H. Rehnquist, also Chief Justice of the U.S.

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At Monday night's Board of Aldermen meeting, Interim Town Manager Summer Wooodard was unanimously chosen by the board to continue leading the town in its dayto- day operations as Town Manager.

Proving that hard work pays off, Woodard will take over the role that Warren Cabe left vacant back in April of this year. She had temporarily stepped into the role until the board was able to select a new manager.

“I could never express the amount of gratitude I have towards the Town Board for allowing me the opportunity to serve as the Town of Franklin Manager,” said Woodard. “It is truly an honor to serve my hometown. My roots are here. The issues that our town and the citizens of Franklin face affect us all. I want the citizens to know that they have someone to come to and express their concerns because I, too, have a vested interest in our hometown.”

 

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In April, Hospice House Foundation of Western North Carolina president Michele Alderson approached the Franklin Board of Aldermen with an important request. Alderson was seeking their support in the pursuit of a $100,000 grant originating from the N.C. Department of Commerce.

A stipulation of the building reuse grant is that a government entity must make the request and the organization who is awarded the grant must create a certain number of jobs.

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Starting yesterday (Wednesday), film crews flooded into Macon County and closed down some streets in town for the filming of a movie garnering national buzz. Although the movie has no official title, it is being deemed “Loomis Fargo,” and is currently being filmed all over Western North Carolina.

The film’s location manager, Tom Parrish, contacted the Town of Franklin last week to inform them that letters had been sent out to residents around the Green Street area of Franklin informing them of the film’s production this week.

Newly hired Town Manager Summer Woodard confirmed Wednesday morning that both she and Mayor Bob Scott were informed that the movie would be shooting scenes in Franklin this week and would need the aid of Franklin Police Department to mark of streets during filming.

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